"A mesmerizing portrait of a young man and woman whose injured natures draw them together over the years and inevitably pull them apart. Mr. Giordano remarkably and movingly portrays the hesitant groping toward warmth that works beneath the pair's emotional disabilities. The author works with piercing subtlety. An exquisite rendering of what one might call feelings at the subatomic level."
-Richard Eder for "The New York Times"
"The melancholy that hangs over "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" is seductive and unnerving. A-."
"Giordano's passionate evocation of being young and in despair will resonate strongly with readers."
"The elegant and fiercely intelligent debut novel by 27-year-old physicist Paolo Giordano, "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" revolves around Mattia and Alice, friends since high school-'twin primes, alone and lost, close but not close enough to really touch each other, ' wherein resides the seductive enchantment of this singular love story."
"This compelling debut shows a remarkable sensitivity and maturity in the depiction of its damaged soulmates. A fragile, unconventional love story by a talent to watch."
"A deeply touching debut. Beautiful and affecting...it reads easily, due in party to the almost seamless translation. An intimate psychological portrait of two 'prime numbers'-together alone and alone together."
"Surprising, intimate and deeply moving, "The Solitude of Prime Numbers" takes the readers on a hypnotic journey through an unexpected love affair. Paolo Giordano writes with grace and elegance of gentle but damaged characters, using inventive language to create a story unlike anything in recent fiction. This is everything a debut novel should be and leaves one longing for the books that will follow."
-John Boyne, author of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
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